Historic Senate Vote Confirms E. Washington's First Latino Federal Judge

<p>Salvador Mendoza</p>

Salvador Mendoza

The U.S. Senate confirmed Salvador Mendoza Jr. to become Eastern Washington's first Latino federal judge this morning.

The vote was 92 to 4.

Currently a judge on the Superior Court for Benton and Franklin Counties, Judge Mendoza is widely respected within the state’s legal community, and has dedicated much of his personal and professional life working on behalf of children and families throughout Eastern Washington.

Early in his career, Judge Mendoza worked briefly as an intern for U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) who spoke on the Senate floor this morning to urge her colleagues to support the historic nomination.  U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) also spoke in support of Judge Mendoza.

The Eastern District of Washington includes the following counties: Adams, Asotin, Benton, Chelan, Columbia, Douglas, Ferry, Franklin, Garfield, Grant, Kittitas, Klickitat, Lincoln, Okanogan, Pend Oreille, Spokane, Stevens, Walla Walla, Whitman, Yakima.